On 22 January, representatives from the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union (EU) and the European Commission reached an agreement on a revised Directive to facilitate the availability and re-use of public sector data. The new Open Data and Public Sector Information (PSI) Directive will be in full compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and is based also on the feedback that the European Commission received after launching a review of the PSI Directive in 2018.
The Directive on Open Data and PSI aims to encourage Member States to facilitate the re-use of public sector data with minimal or no legal, technical and financial restraint. In addition, the directive will make available high-value data for re-use.
The new Directive is an update of the PSI Directive (Directive 2003/98/EC) on the re-use of public sector information that was last reviewed in 2013 and focused on the re-use of data generated by public sector bodies - in a narrow sense - for commercial and non-commercial purposes.
For more information about the enlarged scope and the new rules in the Open Data and PSI Directive and about the next steps, read the European Commission's press release on the new rules for sharing of public sector data.